HDDs slows down Win7/Ubuntu multiboot system

November 24, 2010 at 08:34:05
Specs: Windows 7 64bit, Core 2 Duo 6750/4GB
Hey guys. I have three hard drives on my system:
500GB SATA with Windows 7 on it
1.5TB SATA with backup files on it
250GB IDE with Ubuntu 10 on it
Everything was working fine until my Windows froze. After that it was taking a long time to load. Even getting to BIOS screen would take 10-15 seconds. Sometimes BIOS will see the 500GB HD, sometimes it wont. When it does see it, it will take 3-4 minutes to get to the windows screen and then it will fail to load with a different error every time. Most often some kind of blue screen of death.
Funny thing is - if I disconnect the troubled (500GB) HD, then my Linux will load really fast and there is no slowing down on the BIOS screen. But as soon as I connect that 500GB drive even Linux will not load...
So obviously the drive is dead, but i have some data on it I'd like to store. Does this problem sound familiar to anyone? Does anyone know what is causing it and how exactly the hard drive is dead? Do you think there is any *easy* way to retrieve the data from the dead hard drive?

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November 24, 2010 at 08:59:18
If the 500GB drive occasionally shows that would be the time to copy the files you want to recover. That should be priority one.

Then you could run a drive fitness test on it. Most manufacturers have specialize utilities designed to work with their drives. You download, burn to disk and boot to the disk to run.

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November 24, 2010 at 09:25:24
Thanks for the quick response. The problem is - even when it shows up it slows down the whole system so that even the OS from another disk won't load =/

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November 24, 2010 at 09:38:03
SATA drive are hot swappable so maybe you could get into Linux first and then try connecting it.

Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens with the drive connected and post how the drive is shown?

Have you checked the cable connections? Possibly changed out the DATA cable or tried connecting to a different SATA port.

There are data recovery companies that can even disassemble the drive and access the disks. That process is extremely expensive.

Is the drive making any unusual noises?

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November 29, 2010 at 06:25:41
Thanks for the tip. I was able to connect the troubled harddrive when the windows was already loaded. I backed up some important files and started backing up some less important things when the system froze up. Windows wouldn't "find" it afterwards so i guess it finally died.
By the way, the drive wouldn't make any noises which lead me to think that it might still be alive...
Anyways, thanks again for all the help.

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November 29, 2010 at 06:42:34
Doesn't have to make noises. If the PCB on the drive were the problem I doubt you would have gotten it working at all.

If the problem is bearings then there is a trick that may work for you. Put the drive in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for a while. After removing, connect and work fast. The cold shrinks parts and may allow the drive to spin up. If it doesn't immediately spin up try tapping the SIDE of the drive with a screwdriver or similar to break it loose.

Check warranty on the drive at the manufacturers site. You may be able to RMA the drive. The manufacturer will have you download a utility to verify the condition of the drive prior to issuing an RMA.

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November 29, 2010 at 06:51:32
Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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